Accel World 09 – 10
I’m amazed. Accel World has continued to refine itself slowly into what it has become today – a very entertaining series filled with . As much as their goal is to reach Level 10 in order to unveil the secrets behind the Burst program, they’ve developed a friendly bond between the Red King so what will become of that relationship that they currently share? Will they give up on their goal? Or will they ruin one of Accel World’s cutest, sisterly bond between Kuroyuki and Niko?
You gotta admit that as much as they fight each other and argue, they both respect each other highly as fellow Kings. Not only that, we’ve seen this sisterly bond for ourselves in episode 9 and because of that, Taku’s words appealed to me deeply that eventually, such a well-developed bond will be broken and I view that to be one of Accel World’s biggest strength so far. They’ve also touched upon this matter by addressing the guardian-protege bond which was the catalyst for Haru and Kuroyuki’s bond but also a mysterious bond Kuroyuki shares with another. Though if you think about it, if one cannot take action against their guardian or protege because of identity in the real world, does that mean the Red King’s here to stay?
If we are to address what had taken place in episode 9 and 10, we must not forget about Accel World’s (potentially) biggest plot to the series – the Armor of Catastrophe. We’ve seen a beast-like creature in the OP and now we finally understand what it is and the history behind the Armor of Catastrophe. It really does look like a promising arc after leaving us with a very intriguing twist – seeing the group surrounded by the Yellow legion. It makes you wonder what the Yellow King has schemed and how he’s related to the situation. My guess is that he had a hand in turning Cherry Rook into Chrome Disaster in order to lure the two kings into a killbox but as of how he knew the Red King would consult Black Lotus in helping her defeat Chrome Disaster is something I seriously don’t know. Then again, the Red King herself said that she had influenced Cherry Rook too so I’m really pulling anything out of the hat. Anyone got a guess?
Rating: I’ve decided to give both episodes an overall 8 out of 10. Great use of characters, especially appealing to our guilt after seeing such a lovely bond between Kuroyuki and the Red King form; knowing it will eventually be broken. There were some funny moments here and there but comedy doesn’t really work for Accel World in my opinion. To me it feels to be more of a serious story about reaching the top but also the creation and destruction of bonds between friend and foe. I’m not sure how well adapted the anime is from it’s light novel counter-part but I must give props to Reki Kawahara for creating these characters. Not only that, Masakazu Obara (the director) has also done a great job satisfying my hopes for this series to climb from a disappointing start to what it is now.